Derek McKenzie, Registered BACP Therapist
9 Coldbath Square
07983479755 / 07983479755
Philosophy and theoretical orientation
Derek has been working as a therapist for over nine years. He came to the profession relatively late but feels passionately about his vocation to help others and has successfully demonstrated this calling with the many hundreds of men and women he has so far worked with.
Derek places deep significance upon genuinely understanding the difficulties you are experiencing and being able to clearly communicate this understanding to you. In doing so he adopts a collaborative approach in which he adapts his style in order to work most effectively with your individual needs. He also places importance on taking an active role in the therapeutic relationship and in helping you to clarify and make sense of what has been affecting you and causing you pain. An existential perspective on life informs his personal approach but he is well versed in other major models of practice such as psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive behavioural ways of working.
What makes Derek different from other therapists?
No two clients are ever the same and it’s equally true to say that no two therapists are ever the same. Your relationship with Derek is underpinned by a sense of the unique. Getting to know you and the trouble you are experiencing is his sole aim when working with you. His goal is to uncover your strengths and what blocks you from seeing them. Life isn’t always positive or negative, black or white, either/or but often ‘in-between’ which, when not fully understood, can feel like a crisis. Locating and examining this grey area can be difficult for human beings, but once found and embraced it can be liberating; it can offer you a fresh perspective with which to positively move forward.
Derek has a sincere interest in how we as unique individuals interact, communicate and generally get along with each other when faced with the constant pressures of daily life. He gets to the root of how this affects us when coping and managing personal challenges that impact on our emotional and psychical well being. Do we turn to others to support us through these times? Or do we use a substance, activity or draw on some inner resource we possess to navigate and weather the storms that problems are causing in our lives? Sometimes we may feel anxious, freeze into a paralysis of temporary inactivity or fall into the dark hole known as ‘depression’ never quite knowing how to find our way out.
Clients Derek works with
Derek works with clients who feel that they’ve lost direction in their lives but who might have a sense that their uneasiness or troubles don’t have to be permanent. Clients, who want to find their personal power and not have to rely completely on others, whether family or friends, to provide them with what they think are missing in themselves.
He also has the ability to work with clients whose relationships have lost their spark and where people are finding it difficult to communicate their needs which in turn can lead into feeling ‘distance’. Perhaps they’re losing their voice in the relationship; or having constant arguments and/or affairs or using substances and other activities to ease the pain of the present dilemma.
These experiences and others can cause emotional unrest and stress, whether at work, or within family and personal lives. Transitions such as moving house, changing jobs, or children leaving the family home to find their own independence can affect you psychologically and have real effects on your mental health; you might feel anxious or depressed and it may impact negatively on your confidence or self-esteem making it difficult to function or to take pleasure from the things you once enjoyed. You might, at worst, experience panic-attacks in social events or even find it difficult to leave the ‘safety’ of your home.
Derek does not promise a cure or a fix; neither does he see individuals as diagnostic or treatment labels. He works with the process that blocks you from considering the possibility of change or, where appropriate, accepting and coming to terms with your circumstance.
Derek offers a way of viewing your dilemma through a different lens by exploring, checking and making what seems mountainous ‘right-sized’. If, after your initial session he recognises that he cannot help you given the specifics of your situation, he will endeavour to refer you to someone he thinks might be in a better position to work with you.
The therapeutic relationship can take time to establish. However, Derek is quickly able to identify the possible issues that are affecting or blocking you from moving forward.
His role is to help you find your personal strength and make sense of what brought you to therapy. He sees your objective together with him as one of awakening your spirit, that part of you that has dimmed over time, getting you to at least see that you really do have what it takes to navigate the difficulties you are facing.
Life experiences Derek has that would be valuable to others?
No one is exempt from life’s ups and downs and Derek has faced, overcome and weathered the storms of his own transitions, whether they be bereavement, redundancy or being lost on life’s road. He found that locating and utilising his internal resources to be possibly the most valuable, empowering and loving experiences an individual can have - it becomes the compass one can always turn to and navigate with in times of trouble or confusion, a way of ‘getting back on track’. It allows you to make sense of the world you occupy with others. This may well include cultural or racial differences that affect one’s view of self and others or which can impact on your sense of identity.
What does Derek see as possible for his clients?
All human beings go through challenging times regardless of their socio-economic or cultural differences. This also means that all individuals have the capacity to change and make a difference in and to their lives. Derek does not expect his clients to face, explore or challenge what he could not have achieved himself – he feels strongly that this would be unethical.
If you feel any of the above resonates with you, please do make contact. An appointment will be arranged that is mutually suitable. In some circumstances Derek is able to offer your first session at a lower cost or perhaps even free of charge depending your financial circumstance. This can be discussed. He looks forward to that first conversation.
I offer appointments most evenings and weekends as well as some day time slots.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and can be found on the register of proficiency. I hold a Foundation Degree Arts Humanistic Counselling, a BA Hon’s Degree Counselling and a PG Certificate in Clinical Supervision.
Personal and Professional Develop is important to me in being able to provide the best service to clients. I recieve on going personal supervision and I engage in my own personal therapy.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
Individuals starts from £50
Couples starts from £70
Students starts from £35
(There will be no fee for the first consultation)
All fees are on a sliding scale dependent on income.
"Derek made a huge difference to our son by being extremely dependable and approachable ... through genuine professionalism and hard won skill Derek was getting through and the effects were dramatic and extremely encouraging"
"Counselling with Derek has been the most helpful I have had to date. I have had a few different experiences with therapists in the years gone …his approach to my problems helped me to fully trust him in all aspects of my sessions with him. He has a way of crystallizing my issues which I find very rare and precious, and i would recommend Derek to family and friends".
"Last year when I was going through a very difficult time in my personal life and attended numerous sessions with Derek from the start he made me feel very welcome and at ease, and so I was able to have open conversations with him which gave me the opportunity to explore my unhappy situation and to gradually progress and look towards a better life."
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Most evenings and Saturdays as well as some day time slots. Skype and Telephone counselling can be discussed.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I am very familiar with the major models used within counselling and clinical supervision and I am able to work with those.View supervision profile